Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Special Olympics - Steven Bryce

Special Olympic Games – Los Angeles 2015

The games began with a fantastic opening ceremony with visitors from all over the world being welcomed by Michele Obama and enterained by Stevie Wonder, Avril Lavigne and Nicole Scherzinger. 

In among the thousands in attendance in Los angeles was our own Steven Bryce, fresh from competing in the Scottish Mens League at a damp Kilmarnock on the 5th of July.

Steven won silver in the 800m final at the Loker Stadium, Los Angeles on Thursday the 30th of July with a personal best time of 2:06.49.  A fantastic achievement for Steven who will no doubt be celebrating with his father Allan and mother Lorraine.

If he thought life couldn’t get any better, he was in for a surprise when on Saturday the 1st of August he won gold in the final of the 1500m in the same stadium with a time of 4:18.48.

We know that Steven has been working towards these games for a very long time and he deserves every success.

His coach Tommy Boyle must take a lot of credit for preparing Steven to compete at the highest level.  Congratulations to Steven and all his supporters, well done.



Masters and Relay Championships

VP-Glasgow athletes had a very successful outing at the recent Masters and Relay Championships which were held at a dry and sunny Grangemouth Stadium on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th July.     

The Relay medal teams were as follows:-

U13 Girls won Silver in the 3 x 800m Relay in a time of 7.50.31s

U17 Women won Bronze in the 3 x 800m Relay in a time of 7.30.92s

Senior Women “A” and “B” teams won Gold and Silver in the 4 x 100m Relay with times of 49.53s and 52.64 respectively.

U17 Men won Bronze in the 3 x 800m Relay in a time of 6.36.34s

Senior Men “A” team won Gold in the 4 x 100m Relay in a time of 42.72.  The “B” team narrowly missed out on a medal by coming fourth in a time of 45.69s


In the Masters Women Championships, Claire Thompson won an impressive 4 Gold medals for the following performances:-

Discus Throw – 29.63m

Shot Putt – 9.65m

3000m – 11.42.34s

1500m – 5.40.61s


In the Masters Men’s Championships, Gerry Farrell won Gold in the Discus with a throw of 41.28m and Silver in the Shot Putt with a distance of 10.80m.

Craig Clark made his debut for VP-Glasgow winning Bronze medals in both the 100m and 200m with times of 12.43s and 25.75s respectively.

Very well done to all athletes who took part in the Championships.

Linda Innes

England Athletics Championships


Ten of our club athletes tested themselves against the best in the country at Bedford and came away with two medals, three pb's and one sb.

Pride of place goes to our medallists. Mhairi Hendry took silver in the U20W 800m in 2:07.92, just 0.55sec behind the winner. Hazel Ross took bronze in the U23W 100m hurdles in a brilliant pb of 13.80, behind crack shots Yasmin Miller and Katarina Johnson Thomson.

We had a strong contingent of five sprinters on show, competing against an incredibly high standard of opponents. Alec Thomas in the U20M sprnts posted a legal pb of 10.82 in 100m heat, but went out in the semi with 10.96. In the 200m he did 21.93 in heat, but his 21.84 in semi made him fastest non qualifier for the final. Ross Maxwell did 10.93 in heat and 10.91 (sb) in his semi. Kade Thomas did a legal pb of 11.04 in heat. Jill Cherry won her U20W 200m heat in 24.62 and was 7th in final in 24.65. Chloe Lambert, U23W, did 12.40 in 100m and 24.60 in 200m heats  

Mhairi Patience was 6th in U23W 400m hurdles was 6th in heat, 64.6secs. Robbie Barr was 8th in U20M 800m heat in 2:00.16.

Hugh Stevenson







SDS Junior Champs

The Scottish Disability Sport Junior Championships were held at a warm and sunny Grangemouth Stadium on Wednesday 3rd June.  Many VP-Glasgow athletes were in attendance representing their schools and there were many medals won and PBS achieved.  Notable performances are listed below.

Darren Carruthers had a very successful day winning medals and achieving PBs in the 3 events which he entered.

100m – 1st in a time of 14.50s; 1500m – 2nd in a time of 5.20.3s; Javelin – 2nd with throw of 15.16m.

Gavin Roberts:  800m – 1st in a time of 2.38.5s (PB); Long Jump – 1st with a jump of 4.01m (PB)

David Mott:  100m – 3rd in a time of 14.60s (PB); Javelin – 1st with a throw of 11.26m (PB)

Sean McCormick:  100m – 2nd in a time of 12.40s (PB); 200m – 1st in a time of 25.80s (PB)

Jack Burrows:  100m – 1st in a time of 12.60s (PB); 200m – 1st in a time of 26.40s (PB)

Andrew Larter:  100m – 1st in a time of 12.90s (PB); 200m – 2nd in a time of 29.00s (PB)

Ryan Cuzen:   400m – 2nd in a time of 66.40s

Hamish Couper:  Javelin – 2nd with a throw of 11.04m

Very well done to all VP-Glasgow athletes who took part on the day.


Linda Innes